New Playground Equipment for Rose Brooks

New Playground Equipment for Rose Brooks

November 22, 2019
For Immediate Release
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HDR Foundation awards Rose Brooks Center with $80,000 grant to enhance the lives of children through playground equipment.


Kansas City, MO November 22, 2019: Rose Brooks Center announces a remarkable $80,000 grant for playground equipment for the children living in emergency shelter. Funding for the new equipment was provided by a grant from the HDR Foundation, the charitable arm of the local and global engineering and architecture firm, HDR. In the award letter from HDR Foundation’s Board of Directors they acknowledge their understanding that the addition of this equipment will enhance quality programming for over 300 vulnerable children annually impacted by domestic violence.


HDR’s local office is thrilled to bring this significant grant to the local community. Said HDR’s Sarah Copeland of the award, “We’re proud to partner with Rose Brooks Center to improve the health and wellness of our most vulnerable children.” 


“The goal of our Children’s Program is to help children overcome the mental and emotional trauma they have experienced due to exposure to domestic violence,” says Rose Brooks Center CEO, Susan Miller. “A playground is beneficial and fun for all children, but for the children who stay here every year, it truly makes a huge difference in their happiness and well-being.”


Ben Snider, an HDR employee and the sponsor of this grant, is also a volunteer in emergency shelter. He was recently honored as Rose Brooks Center’s 2019 Volunteer of the Year for his service. 


Pictured left to right:
Sarah Copeland, HDR Foundation / Kansas City Ambassador; Susan Miller, Rose Brooks Center CEO; Matt Volz, HDR Foundation Grant Committee Member; Ben Snider, HDR Sponsor; Joan Dougherty, Rose Brooks Center Director of Volunteers and Community Support; DeVonia Merino, Senior Marketing Coordinator HDR Engineering Inc.; Joe Drimmel, MO/KS Area Manager HDR Engineering Inc.



Rose Brooks Center
Rose Brooks Center offers domestic violence services and programming in the Kansas City Metro area and beyond. While hundreds of individuals and pets find safety in emergency shelter, thousands more are served outside of shelter through groundbreaking community programs. Rose Brooks Center has been providing services to individuals and families since 1978.

About HDR Inc.
HDR is an employee-owned engineering firm, specializing in engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services. The HDR Foundation strives to impact the world in positive ways. Through partnerships aligned with HDR’s values and areas of expertise, we encourage our employees to be engaged in their local communities and leave their mark on the future. Founded in 2012, and fueled primarily by donations from our employees, the HDR Foundation has provided nearly $3 million in grant funding to deserving nonprofit organizations from all across the United States. The HDR Foundation is a separate legal entity from the corporation HDR, Inc. The HDR Foundation (EIN 46 0961680) is an IRS-designated 501 (c) (3) Exempt Private Foundation.